This week I’ve received two emails of a dubious nature, both wanting to do a “link exchange” with me on my site.
I know it’s a scam. They’re not fooling anyone.
How do I know this? Well check out one of the emails below that I just received this morning:
from Shelly Brown
to Ginger Corsair
date Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 3:43 AM
subject Link Exchange Three Way to Optimize site
Hi Sir / Admin
I believe in good quality links and the link should be from the content or article exchange and must be 3 way, this helps to get good value to the site
So please let me know, when you will become partners and from when do we start our deal.
Trust me to be your true partner..:)
I will wait for your reply.. ASAP
Its Not a Spam.
Well now, despite the mention that “Its Not a Spam” at the bottom, it totally is.
Let me point out the giant FAIL in this email:
- It was sent at an ungodly hour in the morning
- I, a FEMALE named Ginger am addressed by Sir/Admin. Duh, anyone that actually visited the site knows that I am female.
- She wants to do a link exchange but doesn’t provide a link to her site!
- My site is not informative and valuable. Second way to tell they never even visited the site
- Random &trust in there… coupled with crappy English & composition tells me this person is not a native English speaker, and is most likely a foreign scammer. Stereotyping? Yes. But I’m also right.
- Also see: Random Capitalization Of Words
- They assume right off the bat that we will become partners and start a deal. A deal?! Doing what? You never even included your link!
- The whole email reads like it was stolen from a “blogging 101” post from somewhere and made to sound as if someone actually wrote it. It makes me giggle.
I suppose I could go on and on about this email and the other one I got, but it’s just too much work. I’m sure all bloggers get crap like this from time to time.
My beef is that these people are just fishing for links. If someone approaches me for a genuine link exchange, I’m totally happy to consider it. But it has to be a good fit and a real person writing to me.
I’ll bet dear old Shelly Brown is a real person… but managed to get her gmail account hacked.
So have you received any ridiculous emails like this lately? Emails that don’t include the link for link exchanges, or that want you to “promote” some retarded product that don’t have any benefit for you? Share your funny scammer email stories with us in the comments!